Arab Cinema Classics, LA Film Festival Premieres and More Special Movie Screenings in the Los Angeles Area

By Andres, Holly | Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), June 11, 2014 | Go to article overview

Arab Cinema Classics, LA Film Festival Premieres and More Special Movie Screenings in the Los Angeles Area


Andres, Holly, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


"The Night of Counting the Years ("Al-Mummia")" film is based on a true story of theft from ancient Egyptian royal tombs and screens at 7:30 p.m. June 13. (Courtesy)

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences presents a screening of three Arab movies that are included in the 100 greatest Arab movies of all time list. Each were chosen in 2013 by the Dubai International Film Festival.

The rare area screening of Arab films includes the festival's No. 1 pick, "The Night of Counting the Years ("Al-Mummia")" (1969). The film is based on a true story of theft from ancient Egyptian royal tombs and screens at 7:30 p.m. June 13. The runner-up, "Cairo Station ("Bab el Hadid")" (1958), starring the late Egyptian movie beauty Hind Rostom, screens later that same day at 9:30 p.m.

"West Beirut" (1998), a coming-of-age story amid the 1975 Lebanese Civil War (ninth on the list), screens on June 21 with Ziad Doueiri, writer-director of the latter film, scheduled to discuss the movie.

Film at Los Angeles County Museum of Art: Arab Cinema Classics: "The Night of Counting the Years" (1970), 7:30 and "Cairo Station" (1958), 9:30 p.m. June 13 ($5 for both); "West Beirut" (1998), 7:30 p.m. June 21 ($5). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-857-6010. www.lacma.org

Enjoy the movies and admire unique architecture during Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats series that continues this coming week with musicals "West Side Story" (1961) and "Footlight Parade" (1933). The popular series already has one sold out date.

Los Angeles Conservancy Last Remaining Seats: "West Side Story" (1961), 8 p.m. June 14 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. "Footlight Parade" (1933), 8 p.m. June 18 at Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway. Other dates include June 25 and June 28 at different venues. Tickets $20. Reservations required. www.laconservancy.org

Worried about California's water drought? Take in the showing of "Chinatown" and you'll look at a glass of water in a new way. Robert Towne won the 1975 Academy Award for best original screenplay for "Chinatown," a story about the deal behind bringing water from Owens Valley to Los Angeles. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, won a Golden Globe for best drama and is on the American Film Institute's 100 best American movies list.

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian: "Chinatown" (1974), 7:30 p.m. June 18. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power historian Frank Barker and Christine Mulholland are scheduled to discuss the movie. Tickets $11; $9 seniors and students. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 323-466-3456. www.americancinematheque.com

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica area

Los Angeles Film Festival: The 20th annual event includes documentaries, features, music videos and shorts. Movies begin 4:10 p.m. June 13. Event runs through June 19. Most tickets $13; passes $250-$2500 (all access). Use parking Lot W, Gate B at 1005 Chick Hearn Court, Los Angeles ($10). Most screenings are at Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium 14. 866-345-6337. www.lafilmfest.com

Dance Camera West: Festival closes with a Dance-A-Long and screening of "La Bamba" (1987), 7:30 p.m. June 13. Tickets $15. Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles. 310-248-4944. www.dancecamerawest.org

Movies on the Farm at Pierce College Farm Center: "Hairspray" (2007), sunset June 13. Certified farmers market, 5 p.m. Free movie; bring your own low back chair or blanket. No outside food. No dogs. 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-999-6300, Ext. 22. www.piercefarmcenter.com

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Movies in the Park: "Monsters University" (2013), sunset June 13. Free. Movies will also screen July 11 and Aug. 1. Wood Ranch, 556 Lake Park Drive. www.rsrpd.org

American Cinematheque at the Egyptian: Bob Hoskins Tribute: "The Long Good Friday" (1980) and "Mona Lisa" (1986), 7:30 p.m. June 13. Working Women: Fashion show and lecture, 2 p. …

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